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How are the total costs for the move calculated?

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Asked by Fiore

November 28, 2012 under Others

Im trying to create a moving budget, but Im having some trouble coming up with a figure to estimate how much my move is going to cost. Im just not sure how moving companies typically derive the total cost of a move from all of the different variables. What are the different factors that can affect the total cost of a move?

Answered by Robert Moreschi

November 28, 2012

The total cost of a move is calculated based on several different factors and also depending on what type of move you are doing. For starters, let's look at the types of moves. For long-distance and interstate moves, moving companies will usually charge based on the weight of the shipment. These differ from local moves in that the price of your move will largely be based on how much stuff you are moving and how much it weighs. Whereas, local moves are charged by the man-hour, meaning that the total cost of the move will be largely based on how long it takes the movers to complete the move.

International moves are also a little different. For these moves, moving companies will usually calculate the total costs by the total volume of the shipment, which is not the weight of the shipment, but rather how much space the load takes up on the freighter.

Once you break the costs down even further though, there are still several other factors that can ultimately influence how much your move will cost. For example, if you choose to have a full-service move where the movers pack all of your belongings for you, that will be calculated into the total cost as well, and if you are paying for packing materials and moving supplies, that will be included also.

Furthermore, special types of moving requests can also influence the cost of a move. If the movers are required to carry your items up flights of stairs, an extra charge will typically be added onto your total moving costs, and the same goes for moves that require the movers to walk a long distance from the moving truck to your front door, also commonly referred to as long carries.

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